Apart from not being able to play in their last National Basketball Association 2017 preseason game, it is also possible for Lebron James to miss the Cleveland Cavaliers' opening game against Boston Celtics.
LeBron James' preseason will consist of only one game.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers' opening game will also be devoid of Isaiah Thomas, who was traded by the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers in favor of Irving, because of his hip injury, some opine that the opening game will be lackluster with James' absence, too. While confirming that veteran sharpshooter J.R Smith will return to the starting line up to take James' place, Lue said the Cavs will be extra careful in handling injuries. LeBron James told cleveland.com he had talked to Smith "way before" Lue made the decision, which was perhaps an indicator for Smith that a change was coming. Because of this, the four-time NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) has been ruled out of his team's final preseason game against the Orlando Magic happening tomorrow, October 13.
In his first pre-season game coming off an ankle injury, James scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists in 30 minutes. Lue was noncommittal when asked if James will be ready for the game, saying "I'm not sure".
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"Was pretty much bracing myself for it", said Smith, who compared what happened with Wade to a situation he experienced with the New York Knicks. Per Vardon, Lue did not have a definitive answer with regards to James' status for that game. So, obviously tonight and tomorrow morning it's going to be a telltale sign of how I came out tonight.
The Cavs struggled as a team in Tuesday's loss against the Bulls, shooting just 40.5 percent from the field.
James, entering the season as the odds-on favourite to win his fifth MVP award, did not speak to reporters following Wednesday's practice session. "We're going to continue to keep working on it and I think guys will get it down". So guys feel more comfortable.
James, who has never missed a season opener in his 14-season National Basketball Association career, sat out almost two weeks for training camp after spraining his left ankle during the second day of practice.